Affiliations, Partnerships, and Community Involvement
Affiliations, Partners, and Community Involvement
Canalside: Creators on the Boardwalk
JaQ & Jen's Urban Book Store was featured as a guest vendor at Canalside's, "Creators on the Boardwalk," held at Buffalo's Waterfront.
The event featured an assortment of vendors and local farmers showcasing their best work. Guests also enjoyed food provided by local food trucks and live music by some of the best local talent.
The event is held monthly during our warm season (June-August) on the newly renovated boardwalk.
BOOKSHOP.ORG is an online platform supporting independent bookstores in the fragile ecosystem of bookselling in an ever changing world. Their initiative is to keep local bookstores standing as an integral part of our culture and growing communities.
We’re happy to announce that we've partnered in the creation of an Affiliate's page on the BookShop.org's growing platform. In the creation of this page (located at we saw fit to provide our readers with a broader selection of phenomenal books. Our readers are able to order titles that may not be available or are listed as "sold out" on our main website.
BNMC: BUFFALO CONNECT
In March of 2020, we had the opportunity to be a vendor and guest speaker at BNMC’s "Buffalo Connect: Networking Event," for entrepreneurs and local professionals.
The event space known as "dig @ The Innovation Center," is owned and operated by BNMC (Buffalo Niagara Medical Campus, Inc). This space facilitates the collaboration among diverse groups of professionals – rooted in science, business, technology, and medical professions; in order to generate and nurture new ideas that can grow into great companies.
Black Author Book Drive
JaQ & Jen’s Urban Bookstore is a sponsor of the Black Author Book Drive, held annually in Philadelphia, PA. The event is hosted by a combination of black authors and educators, bringing together vendors and speakers with the common goal of uplifting and educating the surrounding communities.
The first book drive was held at the Charter High School for Architecture and Design in the heart of Philly.
Meet the Authors
In September of 2019, JaQ & Jen's Urban Book Store came on board as a vendor for, "The Writer's Block: Meet the Authors," Book Expo hosted by Salon Talk Podcast.
At the event we not only put books in the hands of many readers and community members - we challenged the attendees to decide, "What Book Changed Your Life?"
It was a big hit and turned out to be a great ice breaker into reading - a subject people aren't accustomed to diving into socially. And for many guests who hadn't experienced the inner change or effects of reading a book that challenged the way they think, we had the novel opportunity to encourage and make it easy for them to get started.
180 Change Street:
JaQ & Jen's Urban Book Store is a partner of 180 Change Street, a social enterprise located in Toronto, Ontario.
Collaborating for the quarterly event known as the #StreetRetreat, JaQ & Jen’s Urban Book Club was brought on board as a literary component. Our objective is to foster relationships between the urban youth and reading through use of literature more relatable to their experiences.
180 Change Street is a social enterprise that focuses on trauma, mental health, and bereavement through prevention, intervention, and reintegration services. 180 Change Street inspires positive change in a safe space that encourages self-improvement and personal development.Their core philosophy is to "turn stumbling blocks into stepping stones for success."
Our goal is to continue to push their 180 Change Street's programming in education and literacy to the next level. for more information, click the link below.